Trump to Repeal Restrictive Obama-Era Waterway Rules

President Trump will repeal another restrictive Obama-era environmental regulation that involved waterways.

According to The Hill:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday will announce final plans to redefine and thus shrink the waterways that must be protected under the law, a move likely to be swiftly challenged legally by environmentalists.

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The final plans to repeal the 2015 Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule would stymie the federal government’s capacity to regulate pollutants in wetlands and tributaries that feed into large rivers.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler told The Washington Post that the plans will entirely scrap the prior definition of the rule, relegating waterway protections back to 1986 standards.

“What we have today is a patchwork across the country,” Wheeler told the Post. “We need to have a uniform regulatory approach.”

The rule even resulted in citizens being fined exorbitant amounts of money and spending time in prison.

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